Navigating new territory in contemporary costume practices: A Brisbane‐based study
Taylor, Madeline (2012) Navigating new territory in contemporary costume practices: A Brisbane‐based study. In The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference 2012 “Compass Points: The Locations, Landscapes and Coordinates of Identities", 3 - 6 July 2012, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)
Navigating new territory in contemporary costume practice: A Brisbane based study Over the past thirty years the primary method of generating theatrical costumes around Australia has changed significantly. Traditionally, costumes were hand sewn from original designs, with a few bought items to supplement these ‘makes’. Now designers and costumers primarily shop, styling costumes from new and second-hand clothes, or using existing wardrobe stock. While the shift is universally acknowledged by designers and producers throughout the industry, little attention has been paid to the reasons behind the change, nor the long term effects of this practice.
Relying on nine months of qualitative and quantitative research, this paper asserts that the rise of bought costumes locally is linked to changes in Australia’s socio-economic and cultural landscape, and artistic and aesthetic trends that are themselves products of this landscape. These include developments in Australia’s retail and manufacturing industries and the growing influence of postdramatic and post-modern aesthetics, which have had a dramatic impact on wardrobe staffing levels and skills in the local industry. Of particular concern is the skill loss engendered by this shift. The skills required to draft, cut, sew and fully realise both period and contemporary costumes quickly, cleverly and beautifully are developed through years of experience and training, and this paper argues that current costuming practice is threatening it’s long term development, an implication that has ramifications for the whole theatre industry.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Costume, Theatre, Contemporary, Australia, Wardrobe|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Copyright Owner:||2012 Madeline Taylor|
|Deposited On:||27 Sep 2016 03:06|
|Last Modified:||02 Oct 2016 10:34|
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